[main] : [Excavations] : [Tell Aray] [Tell Abd el-Aziz] [Tell el-Kerkh]

Tell Aray 2 is a low oval-shaped mound about 200m in diameter with a maximum height of 15m above the old lake surface. In 1990 a 5x5m sounding pit, Test Pit A (T.P.-A), were set up at the top of the tell. Although a sounding reached nearly six meters in depth, virgin soil was not revealed. Eleven layers, which apparently belong to Pottery Neolithic periods, were identified, and thirteen structures were found. Almost all structural remains were merely rows of stones, which had probably been the foundations of rectangular building. Other building materials, such as pise or mud brick wall or any good flooring, were not found.

Based on the pottery type, all cultural deposits of Tell Aray 2 can be attributed to El-Rouj 2c period. Dark-face burnished ware (DFBW) and coarse ware are dominant through all layers. In layers 11 (the lowest) to 5, DFBW is usually not decorated, although there are a few sherds with nail impression. Some coarse wares are coated with white plaster on both inner and outer surface. Linear decorations are sometimes painted in red paints on plastered surface. Such plastered and painted decorations are also seen in DFBW. In layers 4 and 3, DFBW is mainly decorated with pinch decoration. Chaff-tempered coarse ware is sometimes decorated with rough linear incision. Some fragments of husking tray appear. Layer 2 and 1 yielded DFBW with rocker impressed decorations. Fragments of husking tray occur also in these layers.

Other than pottery, chipped stones assemblage is relatively poor at Tell Aray 2. Some tool component such as points, borers, scrapers, sickle elements were included. The other remarkable artefacts are thirty-two stone beads found in layers 3 and 4. They were made of turquoise and reddish chert. A shoe-shaped stone stamp seal was also found from layer 8.

Chipped stones
Ground stones
Bone tools
Other objects

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